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Secrets of the iOS 7 keyboard

Kirk McElhearn | Oct. 7, 2013
Uncover hidden characters and handy shortcuts with this guide to your iOS device's keyboard.

Looking for currency symbols? Tap and hold the dollar-sign ($) key to see your options:

Type lots of currency symbols easily on your iPhone or iPad.

You'll find more special characters if you tap and hold different punctuation marks.

Type punctuation more quickly

Typing punctuation can be a drag on an iOS device. Take the humble question mark. First, you must tap 123 key to get to the number and punctuation keyboard, then tap the question-mark (?) key, and then tap the ABC key to get back to the letter keyboard.

Here's a quicker way to do it. Tap and hold the 123 key. Now, without removing your finger from the keyboard,  slide your finger over to the question-mark key (or any other punctuation mark) and then release. The keyboard will insert your symbol and automatically switch back to the ABC keyboard.

Add the Emoji keyboard
>You know those little pictures that some people include in text messages and tweets? They're called Emoji, and iOS comes with a special keyboard with hundreds of fun characters and symbols.

You can add this to your iOS device so that you, too, can send funny symbols to your friends. To do this, go to Settings > General > Keyboards > Keyboard. Tap Add New Keyboard and scroll down until you find Emoji. Tap it to add it to your keyboards.

You'll now see a small globe key at the bottom of the keyboard, as you can see in the screenshots above. Tap it to access the Emoji keyboard, where you'll see things like this:

A number of buttons appear at the bottom of the keyboard; each one displays a different category of Emoji characters. Above the characters, dots show how many "pages" of symbols there are in each category: Just swipe to the left or right to change what you can access. To go back to the normal keyboard, just tap the globe button again.

Typing is a lot easier when you know these simple iOS 7 tricks.


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